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The Climb, Rue de la Côte-du-Jalet, Pontoise (Chemin montant, rue de la Côte-du-Jalet, Pontoise)

Camille Jacob Pissarro

European Art

In 1873 Pissarro settled in Pontoise, a town northwest of Paris. He particularly favored painting the adjoining valley village of L’Hermitage, which offered the artist a mix of geometric and organic shapes: new homes squarely built of white stucco, with angular pitched roofs, nestled among dense foliage. For this painting, Pissarro positioned himself halfway up a winding footpath and selected a downward view of the hamlet through the trees. The work demonstrates a broad array of painting techniques, from sure, singular touches for distant windows and doors to thick palette-knife applications for the foreground greenery. Despite the variety of surface textures, Pissarro unifies the composition tonally: the whites and creams of the architecture appear in the tree trunks and well-trodden path, while the cool blues and warm ochers of the roofs bleed through the green foliage.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1875
    DIMENSIONS 21 1/4 x 25 7/8 in. (54 x 65.7 cm) frame: 29 3/4 x 33 7/8 x 3 3/8 in. (75.6 x 86 x 8.6 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower right: "C. Pissarro./1875"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Dikran G. Kelekian
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Camille Jacob Pissarro (French, born Danish West Indies, 1830-1903). The Climb, Rue de la Côte-du-Jalet, Pontoise (Chemin montant, rue de la Côte-du-Jalet, Pontoise), 1875. Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 25 7/8 in. (54 x 65.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Dikran G. Kelekian, 22.60
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